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Topic: birthday (05/23/05)
TITLE: Blow out the candles
By Penny Baldwin
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Sarah could see Marsha wasn’t having a good day, so she decided it was time to go home and make tea. They said goodbye on the doorstep. “I’ll come round to see how you’re getting on tomorrow, ok?” Marsha was still distracted by her memories, passing through her mind like speeding headlights. “Mmmm, ok.”
Sitting in her pink and yellow rocking chair, Marsha was talking, or so it seemed, to the picture on the wall.
“My beautiful curly haired baby has gone." In her mind, she was back there again, rocking to and thro. Closing her eyes, she could almost feel the baby she once held in her arms. Her baby wasn’t strong enough to survive, and was born with some internal organs not yet properly developed.
It was too hard to bear; being only 21, with no mother to talk to, and no dad to hug. Marsha let it all out. All the pain, frustration, and anguish were too much for her. How she wished she could turn back time. The rocking chair creaked, back and forth, back and forth. Lost in thoughts of sorrow, she let the tears run down her face, like runny custard. The time seemed to drag on and on.
Then, Marsha got up, saying quietly to herself, “come on girl, pull yourself together”. She went into the kitchen to get everything ready. It was getting chilly, so she turned the heater up, put the candle on the cake, and lit it. Marsha closed her eyes, “I’m missing you my beautiful baby. Happy Birthday Molly, I love you."
A matter of minutes passed by.“Okay darling, it’s time to blow out the candles. After all, they celebrate Jesus’ birthday everyday, so I can do the same for you.”
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